Five Trucks, SUVs Dropped in 2012
What the Future Holds
Models come and go for a variety of reasons, be it slow sales, the automaker feeling that a namechange is needed, or consolidation with another model, to name a few. For 2012, five truck and SUV models are going to be discontinued -- the Chevrolet Colorado, GMC Canyon, Hyundai Veracruz, Mercedes-Benz R-Class, and Mazda CX-7. The folks at KBB.com took at look at them and the outlook going forward.
In the cases of the Veracruz and CX-7, both are being replaced by new models. The CX-7 is being phased out in favor of the new CX-5, though it will continue to be sold in overseas markets. Like the CX-7, the Mercedes R-Class will continue to be sold in overseas markets such as China, where it remains popular. The Veracruz, meanwhile, will be replaced by the long-wheelbase version of the 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe, a model with much greater overall sales volume and better name recognition.
The Mercedes-Benz R-Class is another model that's only being eliminated from its manufacturer's U.S.-lineup. Though it never caught on here, thanks in part to its minivan-esque styling, it enjoys popularity in overseas market and so, in an odd twist of fate, the Alabama-made R-Class soldiers on, but purely for export purposes.
As for the Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon, the future is in flux. Though the Shreveport, Louisiana plant where they're built will be shuttered later this year and both are decided canceled, GM has announced that the Colorado will be replaced sometime in 2013 with the global model that went on sale this year in other markerts, but .it is unknown whether GMC will get a similar model to replace the Canyon.